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OP: Lazio in Bocca (Gulliver edtition)

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by Edizione Gulliver

Edizione Gulliver, 1988. Very Good Minus,

The In Bocca series, 20 volumes originally published by Edizone Il Vespro between 1976 and 1979, are marvelous in many respects.

Each is either bilingual (Italian and English) or trilingual (the same material with the addition of the regional dialect). They are distinctively designed, printed on rough oatmeal paper, and bound in corrugated cardboard. The covers are imaginatively screened prints, and the interiors are nicely illustrated as well, with the dialect rendered in what appears to be actual handwriting.

They are serious compilations of highly unusual material, recognizing the value of recording the distinctive dishes of highly regionalized food traditions, from the Alps in the north to Sicily and its islands deep in the Mediterranean. 

Widely acknowledged for both their authority and their quirky individuality (each is by a different, we presume local, author), they are much sought after.

Various publishers over the years have picked up and reprinted the books, and even those are relatively scarce. We offer here one of these later editions of the Lazio (originally Roma) volume, issued by Edizione Gulliver in 1988.  Gulliver retained the style design with the uncoated cardboard case and oatmeal paper, but they added a dust jacket with a different cover design.  

This copy is Very Good Minus and soundly bound but exhibiting rounded edges and corners and some closed tears to the jacket. A fantastic introduction to the series for anyone unprepared to collect all 20 at once!

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